Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Red Hot Hockey's special "guest;" recruit news

The third installment of Red Hot Hockey, matching BU and Cornell, is a few days away. We’ve learned that the Stanley Cup will be traveling from Boston to New York for the game. All fans who are registered for BU’s pre-game Pep Rally in the Delta Sky 360 Club luxury lounge are invited to get their photograph taken with Lord Stanley's Cup prior to the game.

On Saturday, Pep Rally attendees must enter Madison Square Garden through the South Concierge Entrance to the left of the main Will Call ticket entrance. This entrance will be open at 6 p.m. The arena will open at 7 p.m.

● The MSG Network broadcast of Red Hot Hockey will include WTBU Sports’ play-by-play announce, Paul Ryan, who will contribute as a reporter in the first intermission.

● Former New York Rangers and BC standout Brian Leetch talks about Red Hot Hockey.

Looking ahead
2012 recruit Matt O’Connor earned the USHL’s designationat Goaltender of the Week for backboning the Phantoms’ win against Chicago and Cedar Rapids.

O’Connor posted a 1.46 goals-against-average and a .957 save percentage in two wins for the Phantoms. He equaled a USHL season high with 44 saves in the 4-1 win over Chicago on Friday. The second-year goaltender then made 23 saves in the 3-2 overtime victory against Cedar Rapids on Saturday, which tied him for the USHL lead with eight victories this season. The 19-year-old from Toronto, Ontario has won each of his last three starts and is fifth overall among League netminders with a 2.36 GAA while ranking tied for third with a .923 SV%.

O’Conner is the only netminder to capture the USHL’s Reebok Goaltender of the Week award twice this season. His coach, Anthony Noreen, noted:

“Matt’s gotten better fundamentally and technically as a goaltender and also stronger physically. But I think the biggest jump since last year has been his mindset from a leadership standpoint. He’s definitely a leader on and off the ice. The guys look to him for stability and he’s given that to us day in and day out.”

The Terriers' newest 2012 recruit, Sean Maguire, reveals his reasons for committing to BU in a Powell River Kings' news release, while his coach, Kent Lewis (also his coach for the World Junior A Challenge), discusses the netminder’s strengths.

"This year he has proven to be one of the elite goaltenders and showcased at the WJAC. Sean’s strengths are his character, his willingness to compete and athleticism"

Among several roster moves made by the USHL Dubuque Fighting Saints, 2012 BU recruit Jarrid Privitera was “called up” for this weekend’s games against Omaha and Des Moines. Privitera was a 25-goal scorer last season at The Gunnery School where is a senior.

In other roster news, Jarrid Privitera, a Fighting Saints affiliate list player, will suit up for the team this weekend. Privitera currently plays for the Gunnery Prep, which is the where former Fighting Saint Nick Luukko played his prep hockey. Privitera, a Fighting Saints Futures Draft selection in 2010, is a 5’6, 150 pound forward. He is committed to Boston University, where his brother Alexx is currently on the team. Alexx Privitera played in the USHL for the Muskegon Lumberjacks last season.

“Jarrid has been someone we have been excited about since we drafted him last year,”[Coach Jim] Montgomery said. “He’s a dynamic skater who is a proven scorer as well. We are excited to have him in town, and we welcome him to the Fighting Saints family for this week of games.”

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